North Port | Faithful gathered across the Diocese of Venice and around the United States Oct. 13 for rosary rallies to join in prayer for our country and peace in the world.
Some 15,000 America Needs Fatima public square rosary rallies took place nationwide, with more than a dozen throughout the Diocese, all to pray for America and the conversion of sinners as Our Lady of Fatima requested. Oct. 13 marked the 101st anniversary of the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, and the Miracle of the Sun in Portugal.
At San Pedro Parish in North Port, Father Leszek Trojanowski led more than 40 people in the rally using the America Needs Fatima program template. This included everyone singing “Immaculate Mary,” praying the Angelus, the holy rosary, Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Prayer of Total Consecration, the Divine Praises, and then closing with the singing of “O Sanctissima.” Following the rally, Father Trojanowski led the group in a procession around the Church while singing songs to Our Lady and escorting a 5-foot-tall statue of Our Lady of Fatima, purchased in Portugal by a parishioner.
“This was so beautiful,” said Margaret Tucker of North Port. “The story of Our Lady of Fatima holds a special place in my heart.”
At a rally in Port Charlotte, sponsored by St. Charles Borromeo Parish, a dedicated group stood in prayer in front of an abortionist doctor’s office, adding significance to their prayer vigil.
Craig Connor of Port Charlotte said he participated in the rally because he believes in the America Needs Fatima message that the faithful of the country need to rededicate themselves to Mary. “Our Lady of Fatima is about love and understanding,” Connor said. “We all need to follow the Blessed Virgin’s example to have a clearer direction and greater purpose for this country.”
Other communities in the Diocese that held vigils included Ave Maria, Bradenton, Naples, Moore Haven, Lake Placid, Sarasota, Venice, Punta Gorda and Fort Myers. Several of the rallies took place near abortion mills or on main roads such as U.S. 41. In Port Charlotte and Sarasota, there were four different rally locations, while Naples and Fort Myers had three each.
The Our Lady of Fatima story begins with three children bringing their sheep to a pasture to eat when a bright light shined on them. In that light was a woman who said, “I am a lady from heaven.” The figure, deemed the Immaculate Heart of Mary, called on the children to recite the rosary every day and to pray for the world.
Every year, America Needs Fatima organizes thousands of public square rosary rallies all across the nation to pray for America and the conversion of sinners as Our Lady of Fatima requested. The goal is to win the heart and soul of America for Mary by spreading Our Lady’s Fatima message and promoting devotion to her Immaculate Heart.